Trisha Ibarra

In Pursuit of Confidence and Acceptance Among LGBTQ+ Youth

The In Pursuit Of project allowed me to consider what is most important to me and what I strive for through art, to which I find myself most determined to fight for confidence and acceptance among LGBTQ+ youth. Too often have I met someone that didn’t feel safe opening up to their family and friends, and too often have I heard a careless joke or a judging conversation unknowingly target someone else in the room. For this piece, the message to love unapologetically is with hope that we will continue to persevere despite these challenges. The photo that was used was taken at my first Pride parade, in Hillcrest, to capture, in summary, what I am in pursuit of. That everyone is able to find that place or person that makes them safe and accepted for who they are.
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